The Malta Independent 16 May 2022, Monday

Claims that Sliema murder suspect tried to kill second woman are untrue - police sources

Neil Camilleri Monday, 3 January 2022, 17:03 Last update: about 5 months ago

Claims that the suspect in the murder of a Polish woman assaulted a second person who managed to escape by running into a church are untrue, police sources have confirmed.

A voice recording is currently doing the rounds on social media. In the clip, a man can be heard saying that his “CID” friends told him that the suspect had set out to kill three women.

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He says that the victim, Paulina Dembska, was killed by having her head smashed on the ground. The police sources confirmed that the autopsy results are still pending, and the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

The man in the clip also claims that the suspect then chased after a second woman, undressed her and tried to assault her. The woman, the story goes, ran into the church, with the suspect chasing after her. He was then stopped by churchgoers, the clip continues.

It was also alleged that the suspect told the people who stopped him, “thank God you did because God sent me to kill two others.”

Police sources said they were aware of the audio recording but confirmed that no such incident had taken place.

Abner Aquilina was arrested on Sunday after he ran into the Balluta church. His interrogation by police had to stop after he claimed that he was taken over by the Devil

Dembska was found with head and chest injuries, and sexual assault and rape have not been excluded from investigations either.

Police said on Monday in a statement that they had to stop their interrogation of the main suspect and refer him to Mount Carmel Hospital for evaluation.

Dembska was living in a hostel in Sliema and was in Malta as a student, police said on Monday.

She had posted glowing reviews about Malta on her social media profile, and was also an advocate in favour of women's rights against domestic and sexual abuse.  She also frequently fed the cat colony which lived in the same gardens where she was found murdered.

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